Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +38%
Appearance: amber/orange hue, clear with a nice head
Smell: toasty, dried fruit
Taste: bready, malty, caramel
Mouthfeel: medium and nicely carbonated
Drinkability: Awesome. This was a great beer. I will be having more. Very nice representation.
Serving type: 12 oz bottle
08-20-2010 18:32:36 | More by DennisD
4.28/5 rDev +25.1%
Appearance: I tasted this from a 12oz bottle - bright in appearance and really nice carbonation.
Smell: I got some toasted malts in the aroma.
Taste: I initially got a good amount of malts on my first sip, but then got a fair share of crispness in the finish. Exactly what I'd expect from an Oktoberfest beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nothing out of the norm here.
Drinkability: A very drinkable, clean Oktoberfest beer. I love that this is a locally brewed Oktoberfest that tastes really true to the actual style, not like a dated import from Germany. I'm a fan of this and would totally recommend it to a friend.
Odds and Ends: Cool bottle label. Not your father's Oktoberfest design.
08-01-2010 06:08:05 | More by jjh19
4.22/5 rDev +23.4%
12oz brown bottle,twist-off cap,served in a nonic glass. Sent to me by my brother-in-law,aka BA deekster
Clear,amber with a generous light tan head that's dense and creamy,with very good retention slowing falling into a pillowy layer. Decent carbinaton with some extra tiny bubbles staggering to the surface.
Very sweet malty aromas,complex,burnt/nutty/toasty with a honey touch, a slight buttery note with flowery/perfumy hop notes. very pleasing aroma.
Clean taste with honeyied carmell,complex maltiness,execellent balance,with a nice,pleasing, bitterness.leaves some fruity tartness lingering.
Medium to light mouthfeel,very smooth. Very good O-fest,has everything that I like and expect from an O-fest. A very sessionable O-fest. Wish this beer was avalible in my area. Would definatly seek this one out.
10-30-2007 02:39:36 | More by jcdiflorio
4.05/5 rDev +18.4%
Cheers to my buddy Eric for hauling this from Cali to here!
Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Caramel, leafy hops & breadyness
T: Breadyness, some crackery notes, & a bit of toffee up front. More of the same, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel & crackery notes, almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance
Drinks very easy, pretty nice take on the style
12-16-2008 03:55:15 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +17%
SERVING TYPE: Bottel
A: Clear, light amber color. Nice white head
S: A little sweet, caramel
T: Very mild, earthy, and crisp. Served too cold, but no flavor came out in the end. Very traditional common beer.
M: Medium bodied.
D: Had this years ago during Oktober fest. Went down okay.
O: Good summer brew.
06-27-2011 23:06:28 | More by Armand
3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
Poured a clear golden amber with a massively craggy off white head that slowly melted to some very sticky lacing.
Aromas of toasted amber malts, buttery caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste is not as sweet as it smells. Toasted amber malt, light caramel, light hops to dry the finish. Lots of smooth malt comes through especially as it warms.
Aftertaste seems clean with just a bit of the caramel and hops lingering.
I have a feeling this one grows on you and will enjoy the rest of my sixer.
10-09-2007 01:52:41 | More by IntriqKen
3.91/5 rDev +14.3%
On tap at their brewery in Carlsbad, poured into a weizen glass.
A. Apricot-orange in color, slightly opaque with little head or lacing.
S: The nose is bready, earthy, husky grain. Slight caramel sweetness touches an otherwise dry and subtle bouquet.
T: More bold than the nose, with toasty malts at the front of the palate. Slightly caramelly, a tinge of lemon citrus. Earthy, tea-like malts pop up toward the finish, drying the palate. Everything is layered nicely, highly drinkable and satisfying.
M: Light body, ample carbonation scrubs the sweet aspects.
Underrated Marzen, I look forward to this season when this is available all over SoCal. A nice and satisfying change from the uber-hopped beer that's all over the place.
01-21-2013 22:53:22 | More by rand
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
The only other Karl Strauss beer I've had before was their Red Trolley Ale and thought it was ok. Saw this one on display with all the other fall seasonals at the local BevMo. Looks a nice copper color, but not much of a head even with a hard pour. Smells lightly like toasted caramel, inviting. Some sweet toasty caramel, little bitterness, not very strong on the flavor overall. Too much prickly carbonation imo. I think this is good as a starter Oktoberfest beer for someone just getting into the fall seasonals.
10-16-2007 21:01:54 | More by Sleestak
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
12oz brown bottle.
Bubbly brassy brew, decent sized crown of head. Bready caramel aroma with some grassy hops. Crispness pops under the moderate sized body to bring on a refreshing smoothness. Grassy, biscuity, bready, animal feed, faint caramel ... Dry maltiness. Hopping is there with a slightly sharp edge and herbal flavor. Clean malty finish.
A good run at the style, very drinkable.
09-09-2010 02:32:03 | More by Jason
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
Great nose of biscuity malt is the nice feature. Thin body and highly drinkable. Modest caramel flavors. Looks great in the tall pilsner glass, pale orange amber color. Nice balance of delicate malt and just a kiss of hops. Watery mouthfeel but enough carbonation.
More innocent pleasure in this example than lots of other alleged Oktoberfests. On tap at the La Jolla Karl Strauss.
10-28-2011 03:44:11 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
This is a simple but good oktoberfest.
Amber, bubly it has a medium, off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring and wisps, with only a tiny bit of weak lace.
The aroma is toasty, fruity grain, dry bread crust, light mineral wisp of caramel.
Taste is light, crisp, mineral and toasty, faintly caramelly grain, light lemon, grass, hint of spiciness. The finish briefly leans faintly to the bitter side, with spiciness, and is mostly crips before a light toasty-caramelly aftertaste heavily dominated by the taste of cooked barley.
11-29-2009 00:50:29 | More by Offa
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
Figured this would be a good beer to review being that it's the 200th anniversary.
Appearance: Beer has a nice golden amber hue with decent moderate head retention an moderate lacing
Smell: pretty standard. Nice toasted malt taste, subtle hints of spice, little to no hop aroma
Taste: toasted malt flavors with spicy notes
Drink ability: very drinkable. Moderate abv and smooth taste make for a great session beer
Overall: a solid mock up of a truly traditional style. I'd much rather drink this than spaten out of a green bottle.
08-17-2010 15:13:38 | More by crvcac
3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a medium Amber, with little effervescence and small amount of head retention and lacing. lacing very spotty.
Caramel and malt permeate the nasal presence.
Tastes a little like it smells but the aftertaste isn't very lasting, and actually has a little bit of an aftertaste of soap suds!!!
Medium bodied, minimal effervescence, but it's not all bad. Drinks fine, but very much a medium effort
02-05-2009 04:13:18 | More by Chelsea1905
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Appearance: Poured a crystal clear, deep amber. Two fingers of thick, faintly tan head developed and dissipated slowly to a thin lacing and a thick ring around the edge.
Smell: Chocolate and toffee up front. Very surprising for a märzen, but also very pleasing. There's also a deep, rich caramel aroma. It's like fresh baked chocolate bread let to cool in a kitchen where a pot of coffee is brewing.
Taste: Not so much chocolate, but the sweet caramel dominates. The toffee comes through, too. There is also a fig-like presence, though it's not prominent. It's malty all the way through, without a hint of hop bitterness at the end.
Drinkability: Superb. It's not true to style, at least the traditional style, but it'll do. Oktoberfest is a very tasty brew, and a good variation of the märzen style.
10-31-2009 06:58:17 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.66/5 rDev +7%
Apricot and amber, good clarity. Pour nets a quickly forming two finger head that has no retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. Sits in the glass looking like iced tea after a while.
Huge malt aroma, toffee, honey, cereal grains, raw-husks and a backing of mineral, grassy and dry hops.
Moderate caramel graininess, toffee sweetness, good and nutty flavor. Balancing hops, grassy and earthy with a twinge of mineral flavors and drying.
Drinkable body and balanced. Carbonation somewhat interferes with the flavor in this brew. Malt is robust and sticky.
Flavorful beer, layered sweetness and drinkable. Rough around the edges, I would like more balance and less sweetness but it is good for what it is.
10-02-2013 05:17:09 | More by rawfish
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.